ZAMBIA – Zambia has potential to increase its annual maize production to 10 million tonnes from three million if Government policies remain consistent, a South African commodities expert has said.
ZAMBIA - The Grain Traders Association (GTA) has over 200,000 tonnes of maize which it intends to export, following Government’s announcement that the country has more than enough stock to feed the maize country.
NIGERIA - The Lagos and Kebbi State Governments wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which they said would culminate in the production of 70 per cent of Nigeria’s rice requirements annually.
KENYA - Japan is set to increase the land it is irrigating in Mwea from 20,000 to 32,000 acres.
UGANDA - The grain council of Uganda has embarked on a countrywide campaign of constructing grain silos, a move aimed at upholding grain standards for better markets.
RWANDA - A new project aimed at increasing rice production in Eastern Province has kicked off. The Rwangingo marshland rice improvement project will cover 900 hectares of the swamp, and will help boost rice cultivation in the districts of Gatsibo and Nyagatare, agriculture ministry officials have said.
MALI - Mali, West Africa’s second-biggest rice producer behind Nigeria, forecasts output of 2.712 million tonnes of unprocessed paddy rice in the 2016/17 season, up nearly 11 percent from last season, a government document showed on Wednesday.
KENYA – Kenya has made an important stride on the path that could eventually enable farmers to access GMO technology by providing “conditional approval for the environmental release” of Bt maize.
ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe has produced close to 62,000 metric tonnes of wheat against an annual requirement of 400,000 metric tonnes due to massive power outages and lack of funding, a senior government official has said.
SOUTH AFRICA - Once the world’s seventh biggest exporter of sorghum, SA may have to import a significant amount of the grain this year, as risk-averse farmers are thought to have planted less of the crop despite its ability to tolerate hot, dry weather.
ZAMBIA - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has launched a roadmap that will address differences in standards and regulations that hinder regional trade in maize.
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